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EU bulletin 18th January 2016 EU reaches out to Iran

January 18, 2016 12:51 PM

A weekend report in the British Telegraph that US intelligence agencies are to conduct a major investigation into how the Kremlin is trying to divide and weaken the EU is followed up in today's Euractiv: http://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/us-investigate-russian-efforts-weaken-eu-321040

The European Commission will undertake a first "technical assessment mission" in February to explore energy ties with Iran following the lifting of international sanctions, European Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete said on Sunday (17 January), reports EurActiv: http://www.euractiv.com/sections/energy/eu-officials-visit-iran-february-develop-energy-ties-321039 The story is also reported in EUobserver: https://euobserver.com/foreign/131874

You can see the joint statement by the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on the Iran nuclear agreement here: http://eeas.europa.eu/statements-eeas/2016/160115_01_en.htm

The European Union plans to take a harder look at whether the collection of vast troves of consumer data by big internet companies violates competition rules, competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said on Sunday (17 January), reports EurActiv: http://www.euractiv.com/sections/innovation-industry/vestager-says-eu-will-eye-big-data-concerns-merger-probes-321036

In another step towards full linguistic equality within the European Union, by the spring, the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) will publish notices regarding its selection procedure in all official EU languages, instead of just French, German and English, EurActiv Italy reports: http://www.euractiv.com/sections/languages-culture/eu-publish-job-ads-all-languages-321029

The public has until March 31 to contribute to the European Ombudsman's inquiry into the transparency of trilogues - an informal stage in the EU legislative process. Details here: http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/cases/correspondence.faces/en/61589/html.bookmark